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The three most common forms of plague are:

  • Bubonic plague is an infection of the lymph nodes.
  • Pneumonic plague is an infection of the lungs.
  • Septicemic plague is an infection of the blood.

Plague is a severe and potentially deadly bacterial infection.

Bubonic plague symptoms appear suddenly, usually after 2-5 days of exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Smooth, painful lymph gland swelling called a buboe
    • Commony found in the groin, but may occur in the armpits or neck
    • Pain may occur in the area before the swelling
  • Chills
  • General ill feeling (malaise)
  • Muscle pain
  • Severe headache
  • Seizures

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